There was this one eight track tape that I would make my Mi maw play over and over.....I don't remember the Title of the Tape but it was a compilation of several popular songs, my favorite being "The Ballerina Dancer" . Here is a You Tube Video of the song, listen to it because I'm sure it will bring back memories for many women!!!
Anyway, I don't quite remember there ever being a particular time where I saw a ballerina or dancer on TV and thought "hmmm, this is what i want to be" It was almost as if it was in my blood in my DNA.....I was meant to dance, or at least have a passion for it. Immediately when i heard this song I put my lil arms in fifth position (in a circle above my head) and turned round right round baby right round, like a record baby...oops, that's the 80's music in me....sorry....anyway i turned round and round and round. So as most parents do, soon after I was enrolled in classes....I took at various Dance Studios, but it did matter because if i wasn't taking class somewhere, I was watching /recording someone dancing on TV and then playing it back so as to learn the moves..... i will occasionally still do that.
Anyway, so when "So You Think You Can Dance" premiered 4 years ago, I was HOOKED!!! I'm not really in to watching the audition process, sometimes....rarely I will, and sometimes I can't help but laugh. But just like American Idol, it upsets me to watch them crush ones dreams, or confidence just to acquire ratings, it is disgusting to me how they will tear someone down with their words. But I love when they have come to the top 20 dancers....10 men/ 10 women from all different backgrounds of dance. They basically have them learn and perform with a partner the various styles, and then America votes.
Now I have danced all my life, when I joined Dance Team the summer before my sophomore year in High School they had just started introducing a style of dance called "contemporary" or "modern" I WAS NOT a fan. Number one it is the most difficult style of dance I have EVER attempted, and sometimes (and this was then) I thought they looked a bit like they had torettes (spelling??) syndrome. This is because you sometimes have to throw yourself across the dance floor....literally!! I always had a difficult time at it, I didn't get it......truth be told i quit dance team my senior year because the sponsor we had was ALL ABOUT IT!!!(I had a few other reasons for quiting, but mainly this) She even tried to get us to do it on the field if i remember correctly......"UH aren't we supposed to entertain the crowd, not put them to sleep" I thought. I have taught on and off for years at "Jo ann Neal Dance Studio" and would even avoid teaching a class that was anything close to contemporary, cause I could'nt stand it.
As time went on, and as I got to know this particular style, I started to "get it" Contemporary Dance is ALL ABOUT emotion, it is dancing your heart out.....when you walk off that floor, it is left behind.....watching this show has awakened this passion inside of me....because it proves the above statement is true....sometimes the judges are left speechless.....but not tearless!!!
I wanted to post a few of my favorite moments over the past few years.....I ask if you do not understand or "get" this style of dance, that you watch with an open heart....pretend the dancers are telling a story with their bodies....if you do that, you will not have dry eyes.....I promise!!!
Enjoy!!! If you are going to watch any of these videos please scroll to the bottom of my page and press pause so you dont have to hear my music on top of the videos music!!! And the audience screaming can get pretty annoying, just ignore :)!!!